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Intellectual Property Bill 201314: Clause 18 (sharing information with overseas patent offices)

21 October 2013

The IP Federation has issued a policy paper in response to the provisions for the sharing of information with overseas patent office proposed in Clause 18 of the Intellectual Property Bill 2013–14.

The new power given by the section is extremely broad. Thus we suggest that the provision should be substantially limited:

  • the information to be exchanged should be limited to search and examination results;
  • information should be provided only about UK applications designated by UK filing number, from which priority has been claimed in the country of the patent office seeking information;
  • no information should be provided earlier than one year from the date of the UK filing, unless the applicant agrees otherwise;
  • the UK applicant should be informed of the request and the information provided; and
  • information should only be provided to patent offices of countries on an approved list, to be added to from time to time, by statutory instrument.

For full details, click HERE.

To see all our policy papers, click HERE.



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